MPIP: Melanoma Patients Information Page

The MPIP is the oldest and largest community of people affected by melanoma hosted through the Melanoma Research Foundation. It is designed to provide support and information to caregivers, patients, family and friends. Once you have been touched by melanoma—either as a patient or as a family member or friend of a patient—you become part of a community. It is not a community anyone joins willingly. But if you must be part of this group, you will find no better place to find the tools you need in your journey with this cancer, and the friends who can make that journey more bearable.

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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 9/20/2014 - 10:48pm
Replies by: BrianP, Bubbles

Plus the crazy story of our travels...if you are interested....  Most importantly!!!! - new cohort added to my trial for NED ipi and Nivo!!!!!!!

Love and best wishes to all, Celeste

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Last reply 9/20/2014 - 9:36pm

HI All,

I have Mucosal Melanoma in LaryngoPharynx + stable tiny nodules in Lungs area and Summary of my treatment  are as below:

- Undergone removal of larynx surgery 

-3 cycles of DTIC+Cisplatin+vinblastine - Not a good response

-2 Doses of Yervoy and failed to respond

-Radiation to reduce the pain

-8 cycles of IL-2 and it gave some positive response but it did not last for long. After stopping the medicine for 1 month, the disease reappeared again now.

Now looking at PD-1 as the option to go, as my Dr suggests this new medicine. We have few questions about PD-1

- What is the normal dose to be given. Is it 2 mg/Kg?

- Any idea about the price. As i live in India, i may need to import it

- What is the normal treatment period. For how many months we need to use that.

- Is it effective for Mucosal melanoma

- I am BRAF negative, Will that be a concern to take PD-1

Please help to provide the answers. It should be of great help.






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Last reply 9/20/2014 - 3:57pm

Good morning everyone.  I am 40 years old and mommy to 2 beautiful babies. Ages 3 and 5.  Last week I was diagnosed with invasive melanoma.  I have been researching non stop and to be honest I am overwhelmed, anxious and confused.  I have a wonderful support system around me, who are also doing plenty to research with me.  Yesterday I had my first appointment at Dana Farber melanoma center with the surgeon.  I was just diagnosed this past Wednesday with a deep biopsy.  So when I saw the surgeon yesterday, she explained my melanoma was .8mm, appeared thin with a mitotic rate of 0. No ulceration. Superficial spreading.  The surgeon said the next step will be next week to have general anesthesia with a wide excision and snb.  My question- is why not a pet scan or ct scan?  I am gung go for the surgery and I did ask her why not a pet scan or ct scan but she said the snb should be next and if that's positive,   Additional testing is next.  Does this sound like normal procedure? I was thinking of a 2nd opinion.  Though I did love the doc I met yesterday.  Thank you, and thought this is not where expected to meet new friends, I'm looking forward to it. 


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This morning I  Repeatedly recxeived::

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I'm me, not a statistic. Praying to not be one for years yet.

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Malignant Melanoma in Teenagers and Young Adults; Kolandijan N, Wei C, Burke A, Bedikian A; Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (Aug 2014)

BACKGROUND: This study compares the natural history and treatment outcomes of cutaneous melanoma in teenagers and young adults to determine if exclusion of teenagers from investigative trials is justified.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a chart review of patients between the ages of 13 and 40 years treated at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for melanoma. Data related to the natural history and treatment outcomes were collected. Statistical tools were used to compare characteristics between teenagers and young adults. Cox proportional hazard models were utilized to examine the association between age group and overall survival.

RESULTS: Of the 476 patients, 109 were teenagers and 367 were young adults. Both groups had comparable disease stage, pathology, and rates of metastasis. Initial disease stage and pathology significantly influenced survival. Sixty-six of 452 patients with skin melanoma developed metastasis. Teenagers survived better than young adults from diagnosis of the skin primary and after development of systemic metastasis. Teenagers tolerated and benefited from interleukin-2-based systemic therapy and targeted therapies as well as the young adults.

CONCLUSIONS: Because of the similarities in natural history and treatment outcomes between teenage and young adult patients, it is recommended that teenage patients be officially enrolled on adult melanoma therapeutic trials.


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Last reply 9/20/2014 - 11:46am
Replies by: JerryfromFauq, Anonymous

Hi folks,

I would like to know if some of you have heard about this treatment and if is the same as TIL or something little different.

Thanks for your response


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Last reply 9/20/2014 - 9:22pm
Replies by: BrianP, Brent Morris

I saw this trial mentioned on another forum.  Don't have any details other than the clinical trials website.  Phase I is for many different types of cancer including melanoma.  Phase II is only going to be for NSCLC.  I think it sounds like a very interesting concept.

Here's the clinical trials website link:

Here's a little information on what IDO is all about:




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ecc26's picture
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Last reply 9/20/2014 - 12:30pm

Hello everyone!

I've been pretty absent for a while. I was accepted into Merk's PD-1 EAP back in June right after a round of gamma knife on several small brain mets and had been waiting until my recheck scans to give an update, even though things seemed to be going well. Those scans happened on Sept 2, and I got the results Sept 3. I had been hoping to just be able to post a good update, and as far as the chest/abdome/pelvis it was great news with all previous tumors being reduced in size by at least half, if not basically gone. Unfortunately, the MRI was pretty terrible with 4-5 small, but new mets and one large right frontal mass that again was new but the growth had been so incredibly rapid it was too large for radiation, had central necrosis, and had started to bleed- none of which are ok.

This result sent things a bit into overdrive, especially since I had not had any signs of there being a problem in the brain- no symptoms at all (which I realize is rather lucky) but there was not going to be any waiting around for something to pop up. So after quite a bit of scrambling to get the course I was just hired to teach a couple of months ago in order I had a craniotomy on the 17th (Tuesday). I spent 1 night in ICU (as was expected) then was doing well enough that they moved me out to a regular recovery room. I was expecting to stay there until at least today, more likely tomorrow, but they surprised me by releasing me yesterday afternoon. I had not had any symptoms prior to the surgery and was placed (still on) prophylactic anti-seizure meds and steroids to try and prevent any issues (which are continuing for a while post-op) but even I was surprised about how well I was doing and once the physical therapist cleared me to be able to handle a few stairs they let me go. For which I was very grateful- not only to get somewhere more restful than a hospital but also because my "room-mate" in the surgery recovery room was starting to reveal that she had 25+ years of TB exposure and they had removed a large lung abcess the day after my craniotomy. I have enough problems without adding TB to the list so the second they said we could go we ran. I'm being careful, taking my meds, and not pushing myself too hard, but pretty pleased at how good I feel, how little pain, how good my appetite is, etc. My mom is going to come up and stay for several days starting Sunday and that will be helpfull so that my husband can get back to work without worrying about getting me around, the house, or anything else. 

Mostly I get some occasional, relatively mild and short lived sinus pressure, the incision site looks good (well, kind of gross, but not infected) but is pretty tender to the touch and there's so much gunk (soap, etc) in my hair that I can literally hear it crackle on my head, but I'm feeling pretty lucky all the way around, I think. Technically I would be due this coming week for another PD-1, but that may not happen- I need to have an appointent on Tuesday to check in and see what the status of that may be- we'll see. Otherwise, I'll be headed back for another gamma knife in a few weeks to treat the smaller ones and the healing site from the craniotomy (want to give that area a little bit of healing time first). I'd kind of like to not miss a PD-1 dose, because it's going so well everywhere else, but we'll see what happens. 

Things have been so crazy I really haven't even had much time to read this forum, let alone respond to anyone, so I am sorry for that. I hope that everyone is well and moving along in a positive direction. I've got a couple of days here where I'm not supposed to be doing much though so perhaps I can catch up a bit.


Anyway, best of luck to everyone out there battling this very frustrating disease!

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Last reply 9/20/2014 - 7:11pm
Replies by: catahoula, Patina, tschmith

My father in law is currently very sick and homebound. He has melonoma in his liver, lungs, spine, spleen, and brain. He is physically weak and his mobility is limited. About all he is up for most days is going from his bed to the couch in the living room. Even when on the couch he has to lay down, he cannot sit up for more than a few minutes at a time. Mostly he watches tv and shows little interest in anything else, also he can't really do much else. He started taking the Taf/Mek combo in May, at first it worked really well but then he found out on Monday that it has stopped working and he will be starting Ipi next Monday. This news has been hard on him and it feels like he is withdrawing even more, he has been sleeping around 16hrs a day up from 12 hrs a day before getting this news. He lives with me, my husband, and my brohter in law, the three of us are tyring to think of ways to lift his spirits and stimulate his mind. He has fought really hard over these last 7 months since the mets were found in his liver and we don't want him to give up now especially since there are people who have been on ipi for years and are now no evidence of disease. Any suggestions? Sorry it is such a long post. 

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Last reply 9/20/2014 - 9:02pm
Replies by: hbecker, Janner, Anonymous, Teochasse

Hi...just found this wonderful site. My brother-in-law recently had a lesion removed from his arm, and when path report came back, derm said it was metastatic melanoma that didn't orginate in the skin. He indicated that the situation is very serious.

My BIL had eye exam today, negative for ocular melanoma. Blood test two days ago, with no results back yet for possible liver compromise. PET scan scheduled for Monday.

Question: If you're told you have a non-skin melanoma that also isn't ocular, do you have mucosal melanoma? And is it automatically stage four if it orginated inside the body, then spread to the skin?

BIL's general practioner, unbelievably, said he "didn't expect the tests to show anything." Huh? Is it possible to have metastatic melanoma and not have a PET detect it?

Wow, is this frightening. Thanks for any insight, and glad to have found you.


Sis-in-law of person just diagnosed with metastatic non-cutaneous melanoma

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Last reply 9/19/2014 - 7:59pm
Replies by: SteveH230

I remember reading a blog of a young mother that had melanoma.  She lived down South and I think went to Vanderbilt for most of her treatment, although is think she also went to MDAnderson.  

Can anyone tell me the name of her blog?  I found it so inspiring and would like to read it again.


"The key is don't go to the funeral until the day of the funeral" ~ Valerie Harper

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Last reply 9/18/2014 - 10:02pm
Replies by: cavsnut, Squash

Good discussion over on OncLive about a common topic here on MPIP:


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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 9/19/2014 - 2:37pm
Replies by: Anonymous, Tim--MRF

I have been looking at some links and a documentary about the use of a drug he developed privately. My search started as i was looking for research and studies on the use of cannabis for melanoma. Does anyone heard about Dr Burzinsky's Clinic in Texas? There is so much debate about his approach and some conspiracy theories attached to it that it is hard to come to a sane conclusion. My son is receiving IPI and is in stage 3C, so I keep looking for alternative treatment should we find ourselves in that place. Dr Burzinsky seems to have had some success (25%) success with cancer patients with brain tumors who do not want to take the path of radiation for many good reasons. Thank you for your help and time.

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Last reply 9/19/2014 - 7:20pm
Replies by: biancopus, tschmith, Anonymous, arthurjedi007


I am a stage 4 patient and have failed two treatments.I wonder whether others have been in the same position and what they did bout it

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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 9/18/2014 - 6:06pm
Replies by: Anonymous, Linny

Does anyone else have trouble copy/pasting  web  links on  this site?I have tried couple of times to copy/paste usefull links  yet the copy/ paste function seem to be useless.I wonder if this is a some sort of software problem / function  not  operational on the new version of this site.

Teodora Chasse

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